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    Just thought it might be interesting to see what other Aftermarket radio's people have put in their trucks. I've tried a few since I bought it (2 yrs ago), including a JVC mp3/usb radio, then a 'Dual' touch-screen (non-Nav), then a JVC touch-screen (non-Nav).... Now I'm using a Pioneer AVIC-f700bt touch-screen Nav unit.

    It has a USB connection for IPOD audio/video (I ran the wire under and into the center console), a SD card slot in the front, which I use daily (great way to store & access your music).... built-in NAV (no disks needed), option for HD tunder (I have this... works pretty good & gives RDS info)... and all the other basic stuff you find in radio's now-a-days, including built-in Bluetooth with a microphone, text-to-speech (calls out the road names).... plus it's upgradeable via software updates & mods.

    Best thing about it is that it's fully customizable; you can change & adjust the colors to match your factory dash lights... Also has a nice look that, in my opinion, makes it look completely stock ... actually, most people think it IS stock.

    I used a 'Metra' double-din dash kit, with the piano black finish. I had a 'Scosche' dash-kit when I had the other radio's, and this Metra looks, works & fits way better. You can find them on ebay for around $30-40. You can also pickup the radio on ebay for around $450 total... great price for a Nav radio.

    Just thought a thread like this might be informative for people that are looking to add an aftermarket setup, but not quite sure what to get. Here's a couple shots I took, I'll add more with the different functions & menu's later.
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    << I've tried a few since I bought it (2 yrs ago)>> Four in 2 years. You must be single
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    I cant access photobucket right now, but the pictures are linked on this board somewhere. I have the AVIC-D3. It was installed with less than 100 miles on the truck and has been rockin ever since. Looks a lot like the f series. I got the D3 instead of the Z3 because I liked the volume knob. Dont know why, just always liked being able to adjust volume without hitting a button a bunch of times or holding it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottnmos View Post
    I liked the volume knob. Dont know why, just always liked being able to adjust volume without hitting a button a bunch of times or holding it down.

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    Mine looks very similar to the OP's, but I'm using the Scosche surround and Avic-F90BT Navigation.

    My Ipod connector goes behind dash into my lower glovebox so it stays out of sight. Like the OP, I also have the HD Radio module. The HU is setup with override so passengers can use Nav, etc while in motion as well as view video from DVD or iPod video (which we don't usually do - distracting). Also added the OEM backup camera which works great for hooking up to the trailer as pictured below.





    I have the bluetooth microphone mounted in the open coin holder (which wouldn't work for you 4WD guys)


    There are three things I don't like about this HU:
    1) The volume knob is small and difficult to control, exacerbated by the knob being inset pretty far right next to the surround edge so you can't get a decent grip on it. My Tundra doesn't have steering audio controls so it makes it an extra pain (to the point I'm thinking of retrofitting a new wheel with controls)
    2) The Ipod does not automatically pause when the Nav gives direction. So if I'm listening to a podcast in an area where there are a lot of turns I miss 20 seconds every couple of minutes. Annoying. There may be a fix for this I've started researching on the Avic411 site but haven't investigated in detail yet.
    3) Startup time is very slow, impacted somewhat by having add-ins for ipod, HDRadio, bluetooth for my blackberry, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveGS4 View Post
    Mine looks very similar to the OP's, but I'm using the Scosche surround and Avic-F90BT Navigation.

    My Ipod connector goes behind dash into my lower glovebox so it stays out of sight. Like the OP, I also have the HD Radio module. The HU is setup with override so passengers can use Nav, etc while in motion as well as view video from DVD or iPod video (which we don't usually do - distracting). Also added the OEM backup camera which works great for hooking up to the trailer as pictured below.





    I have the bluetooth microphone mounted in the open coin holder (which wouldn't work for you 4WD guys)


    There are three things I don't like about this HU:
    1) The volume knob is small and difficult to control, exacerbated by the knob being inset pretty far right next to the surround edge so you can't get a decent grip on it. My Tundra doesn't have steering audio controls so it makes it an extra pain (to the point I'm thinking of retrofitting a new wheel with controls)
    2) The Ipod does not automatically pause when the Nav gives direction. So if I'm listening to a podcast in an area where there are a lot of turns I miss 20 seconds every couple of minutes. Annoying. There may be a fix for this I've started researching on the Avic411 site but haven't investigated in detail yet.
    3) Startup time is very slow, impacted somewhat by having add-ins for ipod, HDRadio, bluetooth for my blackberry, etc.
    That looks good ... I completely forgot that I also had the D3 for awhile, before upgrading to this.... That's the thing I didn't like about the Scosche; the radio is recessed way too much. The Metra kit has less of a recess.

    As for the volume knob being small... I totally agree. If you go on avic411.com forums, there's a guy on there selling bigger knobs for around $20 I think... just search the forum.

    As for the remote controls - after tons of searching, I found that you can use a older Sony 'joystick' wired remote, model #RM-X4S. I'm going to buy myself one for Christmas, and put it on the steering column. I think if I put it on the left side, it will look almost stock. From hearing others on the Pioneer forum, the remote works great and controls most functions of the radio. I've found them for around $50 online. Crutchfield used to carry them for $35, but they don't anymore. Do a general search, and you'll find them through nextag or something.

    Here's a pic of that remote...

    Spencer24 - that's funny! I'm not single, just a good bargain shopper & always end up upgrading for a very minimal cost thanks to ebay & craigslist!
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    275/65/17 Hankook I-Pike RW11, Brush guard, 27w LED Aux lights, Ebay Nav, Husky Liners

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    Some pics of current set up
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    Pioneer head unit w/ 10'' Rockford Fosgate subs. The only reason I got this was the USB port. I cut a square out of one of the empty buttons and stuck the end through it from the back. The second picture is what holds my music.







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    Quote Originally Posted by spenser24 View Post
    << I've tried a few since I bought it (2 yrs ago)>> Four in 2 years. You must be single
    Hehehe even though I admit it makes me sound alot older than 29, I remember just a few years ago I could swap out system components many times per year and buy various other things for my last truck and still have no credit card debt and have a few hundred left over to sock away every month. Now the ring is purchased, the wedding is coming, and Im hearing talk about how we need new floors and a new bathroom. The glory days are over and my new Crewmax will have to settle for a soft tonneau, step bars, ventshades and bug deflector, and the recycled SQ system from my 04 Dakota Quad Cab.

    No pics but may try to post soon. Got a Pioneer Premier DEH 980BT. Prior to that I had a Alpine CDA 9883, 9884, and 9886. I wanted something new with built in tuning features I didn't have to add separately at extra expense that wasn't a 9887. The Pio has a 16 band graphic EQ, time alignment, auto-tuning, IPOD hookup, built-in bluetooth, and a bunch of other stuff, all right there in the head unit. Awesome head unit if you're not looking for all-in-one active capability. But it still looks small now that it's been moved to a double din space and Id replace it if it was practical at this time. The only other negative is the remote is WAAAY more userfriendly than faceplate controls. That joy-stick thing Pioneer does puts too many features behind one toggle switch. But now that I have generally realized what else is out there I believe Alpines are overpriced mediocrity selling purely on name and will not buy them anymore. Alpine only offers one serious SQ head unit with built in features, for everything else you need IMPRINT. Kenwood, Pioneer, Eclipse, and JVC all give you choices.

    The head unit sends signal to a 60x4 Eclipse EA4200 and a 300x1 Alpine MRP M500. Front stage is Hertz HSK 165, rear fill is Eclipse coaxials. Sub is a Pioneer Premier 10 inch shallowmount in a custom shallow box that was designed to slide into the EXTREMELY tiny space behind the fold-up rear seat in an 04 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab. The 10 hits decently but its transient response is lacking. The faster the music and the quicker the bass beats, the harder of a time it has keeping up.

    The Eclipse used to be bridged to the Hertz front stage for 140 watts per side. When I traded my 04 Dakota for an 09 Tundra the install shop the dealer referred me to didn't listen when they transferred my stuff over. They ran the 4 channels separately, and did some generally crappy work I will eventually fix elsewhere as I don't trust them to do it right and they won't even admit that their work doesn't measure up. I would never have normally taken the truck back this way but when I picked it up it was 6 hours prior to leaving town for a 700 mile road trip from which I would not return for 6 months. I kinda gave them the benefit of the doubt and didn't take out the flashlight and start folding the rear seats down and peeking under carpeting.

    In retrospect I shoulda been more patient and just had them take the stuff out of my Dakota and hand it to me if I knew I wouldn't have time to inspect the work. It woulda been the better option than taking it in to have everything swapped over at the last minute just because I didn't want to be without my fully functioning system when I left town in my brand new truck the next day.

    I will post final install pics when it's done right. Hopefully the wedding will eventually be squared away, work won't be so hectic and I will have the time and spare cash to get the Crewmax into an install shop for proper TLC. Then I can do an upgrade from my 10 inch shallowmount to a 12 as well as get a double din and some sound deadening on the rear cab wall and all four doors.
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    Heaunit-Kenwood DDX-514(USB conn in lower glove box)(kenwood remote makes it nice that I dont have to reach over unless taking dvd out of slot,save some money/trouble of getting steering wheel controls)
    Amp-JBL GTO(dont have pics but its underneath my driver seat
    Sub-10'' Type-R...I have it turned towards the front now so you cant see the face of the sub(still leaving space for the port to breathe though so it still sounds good)






    next up is probably some time of components up front and see if its worth replacing sub box with something a little more custom.
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    Something I had laying around.

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    like the op,have the pioneer f700bt,the rest is

    sony rm-x4s wired remote mounted on steering column
    rockford punch mono amp p300-1
    alpine 4 channel amp mrp-f240
    polk db6501 front speakers with factory tweeter pods
    kenwood kfc-16685 rear speakers
    2 kicker cvt12 shallow mount subs in sub enclosure from ebay
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    just have a pic of the head unit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cards374 View Post
    Pioneer head unit w/ 10'' Rockford Fosgate subs. The only reason I got this was the USB port. I cut a square out of one of the empty buttons and stuck the end through it from the back. The second picture is what holds my music.







    What kind of mount is that for your magellan? Will it work with a Tom Tom?

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